First things first, like a Fiona Apple album title, let’s visit the full title of Mr.’s newest exhibition at Perrotin in Hong Kong: People misunderstand me and the contents of my paintings. They just think they are nostalgic, cute, and look like Japanese anime. That may be true, but really, I paint daily in order to escape the devil that haunts my soul. The said devil also resides in my blood, and I cannot escape from it no matter how I wish. So I paint in resignation. And in this title, you sort of get to the heart of the art that Japanese artist Mr. makes and the story behind each work.

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